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Spring 2018 Workshops


Creating a Successful Co-Parenting Relationship

Wed 2/28 12:10-1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Marlies Rosmark, MFT

This workshop is intended to help adults develop and utilize the skills needed to cooperatively parent their children following separation and divorce.  Using a combination of discussion, role play and small group exercises we will explore children’s perspectives and experiences of divorce and identify different co-parenting styles, the skills needed to be better single parents and what parents can do to help kids build resiliency that supports positive long-term outcomes.


Planning Your Pregnancy Leave

Thu 3/22 12:10-1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speakers: Nicole Roses, Employee Relations Consultant 
Sheila Taliaferro, UCB Disability Counselor 
Gabe Schmidt, UCB Health Care Facilitator 
Ann Gilbert, UCB Academic Personnel

Thinking about starting a family? This workshop will provide information on leave policies, disability benefits, use of sick/vacation time, and options on when/how to return to work after having a child for both faculty and staff employees. Enroll online. 642-7883


Living With Teens WIthout Losing Your Mind

Thu 4/26 12:10-1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Julie Johnson, Parent Educator, Hand in Hand Parenting

Now that they’re a teenager, you need a whole new set of instructions:

  • It’s hard to know how to stay close to them when they’re pushing you away. 
    • You’re triggered by everything they say—especially that rude, snarky talk—but somewhere deep down inside you still love them.
    • You have little patience for their irritability and moodiness, but you know you have to be the loving adult.
    • You’re at a loss as to what to do when they shut down and won’t open up, and you’re dying to meet the person they’re becoming and hear how they think about the world.

You love your teenager, but parenting one can be isolating and sometimes you feel like you need a new road map. In this workshop, you’ll discover a strategy to connect with them that provides the attention and space they need so you can hear what’s important to them and give support to their struggles. You’ll understand why maintaining a sense of playfulness is key and how it can help them be more cooperative with less back talk.  You’ll walk away with a powerful tool to reduce the frustration of parenting and help you keep your anger, frustration, and worries at bay.   In “Living with Teens Without Losing Your Mind”, you’ll discover the key to building a close relationship with your teen, so you can remember what you love about them—even on the hard days!


Financial Wellness

Buying Your First Home

Tue 1/30; 12:10 – 1:30pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Patrick Ignacio, Banking Industry Expert

California housing markets are constantly changing, and there are overwhelming amounts of information available to the public, making it hard to know where to start.  During the most recent housing crisis, financing options also changed (and in some cases disappeared altogether). As a result you may be asking yourself, what programs are available to me and how will they fit my personal situation?  Is now even the time for me to buy?  

Fortunately, the path to home ownership is not difficult as long as you are prepared and understand the steps. We will discuss the fears and confusion about these economic topics. Detailed and systematic steps will be reviewed to help you understand the proper process of buying a home. Current and past housing statistics will be analyzed to show how timing and planning are vital pieces to buying a home. The ultimate goal of this seminar is to empower buyers with information and tools needed to make an informed purchase decision.


Borrowing Basics

Thu 2/6; 12:10 – 1:30pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Richard P. Ruiz, Vice President, East Bay Region, Bank of the West

This borrowing basics seminar provides a comprehensive overview of critical information related to consumer lending options.  The session topics include a review of different credit types, costs associated with obtaining credit, your rights as a borrower, what creditors review when making a credit decision and ideas on how to manage your credit. 


Navigating the System: Social Security Retirement

Thu 4/19; 12:10 – 1:30pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Walter Herbert, Social Security Administration

Worried about what to expect from Social Security? Find out what Social Security retirement benefits and options are available to you and your family (including divorced spouse benefits), as well as when and how to file a claim.


Your UC Retirement System

Tue 5/1; 12:10 – 1:30pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Eric Schreiber, Retirement Planner, Fidelity Investments

Overview of retirement benefits offered by UC. Covers primary benefits (pension/Choice) that provide a foundation for retirement income and voluntary benefits that offer additional savings opportunities (403(b), 457(b) and DC plans).